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Friday, January 31, 2014

DL Capt. Pat K. Porter

Vietnam war veteran, DL Capt. Pat Kelley Porter
February 2, 1939 - January 30, 2014

Notification with the passing of DL Captain Pat Kelley Porter, age 74.  Captain Porter joined Delta Air Lines 05-03-1965 and retired in February 1997, based 030/PDX.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at   www.wisefuneralhome.com/   
Survived by his wife Emily personal condolences may be sent to
2033 Arbor Bend St.,  Bonham  TX 75418-2741  ...  (903) 583-8166
Complete obituary may also be viewed on our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Services will be held Sunday, February 2nd, in Bonham TX.
Thank you,
~ Carol 

Pat Kelley Porter, 74, of Bonham, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, surrounded by his family and friends. Pat was born in Ector, Texas on Feb 2, 1939. He was the oldest son of Earl Douglas & Bonnie Kelley Porter. Pat grew up in Ector, attending school in Bonham and graduating from high school in 1957 with a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. During college he participated in R.O.T.C where he earned his private pilot certificate, leading to his lifelong career in aviation. He graduated from OSU in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Emily Mae Bales, on Jan. 21, 1961. After graduating from OSU, Pat joined the US Army, Transportation Division. A 1st Lieutenant, he flew the DH-4C Caribou and earned the air medal for his service during the Vietnam War. Pat began his 32-year career with Delta Airlines in 1965, first flying the C46, cargo plane. He advanced rapidly through his career with Delta, flying the L100, DC9, DC8, Boeing 727, 757 and 767. In February 1997 Pat retired as Captain of the MD11. During Pat’s career with Delta he flew throughout the United States & Canada as well as overseas to England, Amsterdam, Japan, Korea, Thailand and China. Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bonham, the Army Otter-Caribou Association, Bonham City Council, the Bonham Industrial Foundation and the Bonham Airport Board. He served as President of the Bonham Water Authority, the Civitan and was Chairman of the local United Way Fund. Pat is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily Bales Porter of Bonham; their three sons, Mike Porter & Dana of Bonham, Myles Porter & Lisa of Bonham and Kyle Porter and fiancĂ©, Alice Mitchell of Dallas; four grandchildren, Katy Porter, Sam Porter, Luke Porter and Jack Porter; one brother Lonny Porter & wife Bunnye of Arlington and niece Sarah Lowry and Tim Lowry of Aledo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Douglas Porter and Bonnie Kelley Porter. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 3, 2014, at First Baptist Church, 710 N. Center St., Bonham Texas. Interment with military honors will follow at Willow Wild Cemetery, Hwy. 121, Bonham. Visitation is 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Wise Funeral Home, 219 West Sam Rayburn Dr., Bonham Texas. Morgan Malone will officiate. Pallbearers will be Bobby McCraw, Larry Moss, Talmage Moore, Sam Porter, Ben Lawrence and Ed Gray. Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Rater, John Jones, Leonard Gerner, Aubrey Conley, Chuck Gardner, Tommy Keeton, Sidney Hale and J.D. Atchley. Memorials may be made to the Powder Creek Park. Online guest register www.wisefuneralhome.com

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEA/DL Capt. Edwin C. 'Ted' Roberts


Korean war veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Edwin ‘Ted’ Campbell Roberts Jr.

December 19, 1929 ~ January 19, 2014


Notification with the passing of NEA/DL Captain E. C. ‘Ted’ Roberts, age 84.  Captain Roberts joined Northeast Airlines 12-18-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in December 1989, based Boston. 
Survived by his wife Moira personal condolences may be sent to

332 Limetta St.,  Palm Harbor  FL 34683-5209  ...  727-785-1250

Arrangements are not known.  If we should hear word, we will be sure to update our BlogSpot.  


Thank you,
~ Carol 


Marblehead, MA / Ozona, FL — Edwin "Ted" Campbell Roberts, beloved husband of Moira G. Roberts, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Sea Coast Hospice in Palm Harbor, Florida surrounded by his loving family.

Born on December 19, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of the late Edwin C. and Josephine A. Roberts. Following his graduation from Howe Military School, he attended Alma College and Michigan State University. In 1952, he joined the United States Air Force as an aviation cadet and received his pilot wings (Class 53B) at Webb Air Force Base on March 17, 1953. Second Lieutenant Roberts reported to his first duty assignment as an F-84F fighter pilot at Turner AFB, Georgia.

As a captain and Korean War veteran, Ted was initially hired as a pilot with Northeast Airlines. After Northeast combined with Delta Airlines, Ted advanced his career and eventually retired as a B-767 Captain after 32 years of service. As a resident of Danvers and later Marblehead, MA, he was an active 23-year member of the Boston Yacht Club.

Ted was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was an excellent father to his children, with whom he took great pleasure in raising. In addition to his wife, Moira (Mowat) Roberts, recently celebrating 63 years together, he is survived by a daughter, Diane Adams and her husband, Michael, of Palm Harbor, FL; and three sons, Edwin C. Roberts, Jr. of West Ossipee, NH, John R. Roberts and his wife, Cathy A., of San Antonio, TX and Richard W. Roberts and his wife, Melissa, of Coral Springs, FL. Ted was also "Papa" to eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

DL pilot Ludwig 'Sonny' Schumacher Jr.

Air Force colonel, Vermont National Guard & 
former DL pilot Ludwig John ‘Sonny’ Schumacher Jr.
May 28, 1964 – December 18, 2013
           and son Gunnar Michael Schumacher
                    January 7, 1999 – December 18, 2013
Ludwig J. "Sonny" Schumacher died Dec. 18, 2013, in Essex Junction. He was 49. An Air Force colonel, Ludwig Schumacher joined the Connecticut Army National Guard in 1982 and served as a UH1H helicopter pilot. In 1987, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut. In 1989, he joined the Vermont Air National Guard and served as an F16 instructor pilot. In 1990, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, and was later admitted to practice law in Vermont. In 1998, he joined Delta Air Lines 02-12-1998, where he flew Boeing 727, 737, 757 and 767 aircraft. From 2006 to 2011, he oversaw Vermont National Guard support to civilian authorities in response to man-made or natural disasters. In 2008, he received a Masters Degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. From 2011 to 2013, he served as a senior executive in the private sector. He was also serving in the Air Force Reserve as a Regional Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer, and was pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree at Norwich University. Sonny is survived by many family members and friends, both in Vermont and throughout the country who will miss him dearly. There will be a private ceremony to be held at a later date. Sonny's family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com 
  .Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 28, 2014
Gunnar Michael Schumacher, 14, passed away on Dec. 18, 2013, in Essex. He was born on Jan. 7, 1999, in Burlington, the son of Ludwig and Christina (Fitzgerald) Schumacher. Gunnar was a freshman at Essex High School where he was known for his great sense of humor, energy, and sense of adventure. He was a talented musician, soccer player, skier, and snowboarder. His curiosity, energy, and passion for life touched and enriched the lives of those who were lucky enough to know him. He is survived by his mother, Christina Schumacher; and a sister, Elise Schumacher. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. A private family funeral service has been held and there will be no public funeral services held. A celebration of life ceremony will be held on behalf of Gunnar at a future date. The dates and times of the celebration and memorial contribution information will be posted on the A.W. Rich Funeral Home website once they are available. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the family lot in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington. A.W. Rich Funeral Home and the family invite you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com 
  .Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 10, 2014
Essex Students Write to Remember Gunnar Schumacher
At the Essex High School auditorium Thursday students covered the walls with their best memories of 14-year old Gunnar Schumacher. Writing to remember the friend they lost too soon.
“I’ve known him since 7th grade he was on my team and he was really amazing actually,” Essex Freshman Danielle Krueger said.
Krueger and Emily Moehn also went to middle school with the fellow freshman.
“Even if you weren't happy he'd make you laugh so you would be happy,” Moehn said
In the auditorium, Danielle and Emily say there were a lot of tears. The two of them found out about Gunnar's death Wednesday night before a tough day at Essex High School.
“I attended every class Gunnar would have been in today,” Essex High School principal Rob Reardon said.
“Also people were in his sister's class Elise, who is a junior.”
Reardon said Elise Schumacher was at school for a few minutes Thursday before leaving.
In a news conference Thursday Reardon said his school followed crisis protocol. They offered guidance and counsel to any student who needed it and the auditorium was open at any time of the day for students to reflect on what Gunnar with others.
Reardon said Gunnar's father Ludwig Schumacher called the teen out of school for both Tuesday and Wednesday for family issues. He says it’s not unusual for parents to call students out of school.
Reardon says Gunnar was involved in soccer and music production.
“He was part of the school and had transitioned very well,” Reardon said.
His transition to Essex High happened at the same time police say his father was going through a divorce. Reardon said he was aware of family issues the Schumacher’s were having.
Essex Police also say the 49-year old Schumacher left a letter at the apartment where they found the two.
They haven't released what was in the letter but say it's consistent with their investigation of a murder-suicide.
But for Gunnar’s friends he won't be remembered by the terrible circumstances in which he died but instead by how he lived.
“I would have never thought of this before but I’m going to miss him so much,” Danielle Krueger said.
Vt. Mother Held in Psychiatric Ward Freed by Judge
BURLINGTON, Vt. January 25, 2014
A Vermont woman held against her will for more than five weeks at a psychiatric ward after her estranged husband killed their son and then hanged himself was ordered released by a judge Friday.
Christina Schumacher, 48, was ordered released immediately from Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington by Vermont Superior Court Judge Kevin Griffin, the Burlington Free Press reported (http://bfpne.ws/1jMHYKp).
Schumacher had been at the hospital since Dec. 19, a day after 14-year-old Gunnar Schumacher and 49-year-old Ludwig Schumacher were found dead in an Essex apartment. Police said the father strangled the high school freshman before he hanged himself.
It was unclear whether Schumacher had left the facility by Friday night.
Griffin said in his ruling that he disagreed with a doctor's assessment before Schumacher arrived for a regular appointment the day after the murder-suicide that she needed to admit herself or be taken into custody.
"The court did not find, by clear and convincing evidence, that Respondent was a person in need of treatment at the time of admission or application, nor a patient in need of further treatment at the time of the hearing," Griffin wrote in his ruling.
The Burlington Free Press reported that, according to court records, Schumacher indicated to her sister after the couple separated last summer that she would kill herself if anything happened to her two children.
"I am not ill; I am simply a mother who is grieving the tragic loss of her young son," Schumacher told the Burlington Free Press this week. "No mother should ever have to experience this loss."
Schumacher told the newspaper that she and her insurance company had been billed for the unwanted treatment.
Mike Noble, a spokesman for the hospital, said that he can't speak to the specifics of the case but "that in all matters such as this we make decisions that we think are in the best interests of the patient."
Schumacher had warned police that she feared for her son's safety hours before the bodies were found, according to court papers. She told Essex police the night before the murder-suicide that she feared Ludwig Schumacher might try to take the teenager out of the country, according to court papers.
Ludwig Schumacher was a former member of the Vermont National Guard and state Republican campaign official. Police said he left a typed suicide note in the apartment.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

Monday, January 20, 2014

DL Flt Instructor Mr. G.C.'Curly' Reid


Korean war veteran, DL G. C. ‘Curly’ Reid

March 1, 1931 ~ January 20, 2014


Word has been received with the passing today of Mr. Gaylord Clyde ‘Curly’ Reid, age 82, retired Instructor for Delta’s Pilot Ground Training program.   Curly retired 01-01-1993 as Sr. Instructor-Training/ATL with 33 years of service.  Curly was widowed in February 2012 with the passing of his wife Beverly.  The Reids had most recently resided at

985 Shelor Ferry Road,  Fair Play  SC 29643-2055.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Sandifer Funeral Home of Westminister SC.  Services will be held Friday, January 24th.    Condolences may be expressed online by visiting  www.sandiferfuneralhome.com 


G.C. "Curly" Reid

Born in Omaha, NE

Departed on Jan. 20, 2014 and resided in Fair Play, SC. 


Memorial Service:  Friday, Jan. 24, 2014  

Funeral Home:  Sandifer Funeral Home  




Fair Play SC – Gaylord Clyde "Curly" Reid, 82, widower of the late Beverly Peacock Reid, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Emory University Hospital.


Born in Omaha, NE, he was the son of the late Robert Harold and Jessie Gibson Reid. Mr. Reid was retired from Delta Airlines where he worked as a Pilot Ground Trainer. He was a member of South Union Baptist church and a former choir member. He also was a Veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War.


Survivors include a son, Rex Reid of Marietta, GA; daughters, Sheryl Wells of Sharpsburg, GA, and Beth Whittle of Newnan, GA; sisters, Mary Wilhelm and Mary Cloyd; three grandchildren, Stephanie Wood, Chad Whittle, and Ryan Reid; and two great-grandchildren, Ansley Wood and Anna Kate Whittle.


A memorial service will be held 1 pm, Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at a later date.


The family is at their respective homes. Memorials may be made to South Union Baptist Church, 510 South Union Road, Westminster, SC 29693 or to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave. Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091-1064. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com



Beverly Peacock Reid, Born in Atlanta, GA

Departed on Feb. 6, 2012 and resided in Fair Play, SC. 




Fair Play, SC – Beverly Peacock Reid, 72, wife of Gaylord Clyde "G.C." Reid, of 985 Shelor Ferry Road, passed away Monday, February 06, 2012 at Lila Doyle Nursing Home.


Born in Atlanta, GA, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Elizabeth Johnson Peacock. Mrs. Reid worked as the Office Manager for D & N Electric in Hapeville, GA and was a member of South Union Baptist Church, Fair Play, SC where she was the church pianist.


Survivors in addition to her husband include her son, Rex Reid of Marietta, GA; daughters, Sheryl Wells of Sharpsburg, GA, and Beth Whittle of Newnan, GA; brother, John Peacock of East Point, GA; 3 grandchildren, Stephanie Wood, Chad Whittle, and Ryan Reid; and 1 great-grandchild, Ansley Wood.



From: "frostw" frostw@bellsouth.net
Subject: Curley Reid
To all of the Delta friends that were in Frost's e-mail address list...

We were sad to hear that Curley Reid, Instructor in Delta Pilot Ground Training passed away today at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

The service for Curley will be Friday, January 24 at 1PM at Sandifer Funeral Home in Westminister, SC

Thelma Ward

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DL Capt. Joe Morris Willis

Vietnam war veteran, DL Capt. Joe Morris Willis
August 20, 1941 ~ January 12, 2014
Please forgive late notice with the passing of DL Captain Joe M. Willis, age 72.  Captain Willis joined Delta Air Lines 01-06-1969 and retired in August 2001, based 031/ATL.  Services were held January 16th in Alabama.  Survived by his wife Barbara personal condolences may be sent to their residence at
104 Willow Rise , Alexander City  AL 35010-6246 .... (256) 329-2180. 
Barbara may also be reached by email at  bywillis941@gmail.com 
Complete obituary information may be found online at  http://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2014/01/14/mr-joe-morris-willis/   
Thank you,
~ Carol 
From: Buck Stevens Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:47 AM
Subject: Joe Willis
I learned last week that Joe Willis passed away a week ago today. Sorry to be passing this information along so late, but I have been out of town all week. Hopefully some of our readers will remember Joe who was in Delta’s “A” class in January of 1969. If anyone wants to reach out to Joe’s wife Barbara, she can be reached at:
104 Willow Rise
Alexander City, ALA 35010
or by email at  bywillis941@gmail.com
Home phone 256-329-2180
Pasted below is Joe’s obituary that was in the Alexander City Paper on Tuesday, Jan 14th.
Bucky Stevens
Mr. Joe Morris Willis
Published 4:59pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Morris Willis, 72, of Alexander City will be held Thursday, January 16, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Alexander City with Rev. John Hill, Rev. Mike Jackson and Pastor Mark Pettus officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow in Clay County Memory Gardens.
The family will begin receiving guests at 1:00 pm at the church.
Mr. Willis passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
He was a native of Clay County, and had been a resident of Lake Martin in Alexander City for 31 years. He received his B.S. Degree from Auburn University. He was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the U. S. Air Force for 5 years. Prior to his retirement he was a pilot with Delta Airlines for 31 years.  He was a member of Willow Point Country Club, Lions Club, Alabama Seniors, and was a Methodist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Morris Willis and Addie Jo Young Willis.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara Y. Willis of Alexander City; three daughters, Scotland Welch (Thomas) of Dallas, TX, Misty Head (Dwayne) of Newnan, GA and Laurie Tisdale (Patrick) of Birmingham; one son, Jim Willis (Natalie) of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren, Sara Dietrich, Tessa Willis, Willis Welch, Isabel Welch, Addison Tisdale, Gavin Tisdale, Amelia Head, and Sophia Head; and 1 great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Rawe.
Serving as pallbearers for Mr. Willis will be Jim Willis, Thomas Welch, Dwayne Head, Patrick Tisdale, Mike Pettus, Jimmy Ray, Larry Boddie, and Frank Dabbs.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Crunk, Don Loomis, Dr. Dan Harden, Roger Willis, Richard Yonge, and Laurie W. Yonge, Jr.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to Children’s Harbor, Flint Hill United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or your favorite church or charity.
Clay County Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

NWA Capt. Robert M. Polhamus

Vietnam war veteran, NWA Capt. Robert M. Polhamus
April 24, 1938 ~ January 17, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA Captain Robert Michael Polhamus, age 75.  Captain Polhamus joined Northwest Airlines 05-09-1966 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1998.  Survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Betsy’, personal condolences may be sent to
10339 Saint Andrews Road,  Boynton Beach  FL 33436-4421  ....  (561) 736-1928
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.boyntonmemorial.com/fh/home/home.cfm?fh_id=11251  or the online newspaper site at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/palmbeachpost/obituary.aspx?n=robert-m-polhamus&pid=169169760 
As is noted in his obituary, private services will be held at a later time.
Thank you,
~ Carol 
Robert "Bob" M. Polhamus, 75, of Boynton Beach, FL, took one final flight west on January 17, 2014. Bob was born in Seattle, WA on April 24, 1938 and was a 1961 graduate of Santa Clara University. Shortly thereafter, Bob joined the United States Marine Corps where he became an A4 Marine Fighter Pilot flying 174 successful missions over North Vietnam. In 1966, Bob joined Northwest Airlines where he had a distinguished career that ultimately took him to become a 747-400 Captain. After retirement in 1998, Bob was a highly active member in a number of organizations including; 32nd Degree Masons, Shriners - where he became President of the Boynton Beach Shrine Club, and was the Keyman and Governor of the Palm Beach Quiet Birdmen Hangar. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Betsy; his beloved daughter, Leigh of Delray Beach; his twin brother, Richard of Vero Beach; brother, Mac of Houston, TX, and sister, Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, AR. Private Services to be announced at a later date.
To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
  .Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014
Age 75, of Boynton Beach, passed away Jan. 17, 2014. Boynton Memorial Chapel, Boynton Beach, FL.
  .Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014
From: RNPA News Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 4:30 PM
Subject:  Bob Polhamus Has Flown West
Steve Crawford Writes.

Very sad to inform you that retired NWA Capt. Bob Polhamus just passed away at his home in Florida (Friday, Jan. 17th, 11:25 a.m.).  No further details available as yet.  Thoughts and prayers to Betsy and the Polhamus family.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NWA Capt. Wayne L. Camp

Wayne L. Camp

Camp, Wayne L. Age 82 formerly of Savage, MN died January 7, 2014 in Venice, FL after a short bout with cancer. Son of Argus and Lorena Camp he was born in Hot Springs, MT, grew up in the Canby area of Oregon. He enlisted in the Air Force at 17 and was based in Japan during the Korean War. After his military service he married his high school sweetheart, Winona H. Roth. They remained happily married for 57 years until her death in 2012. After numerous moves early in their married life, they settled down in the Burnsville/Savage area of MN and spent their winters after retirement in Apache Junction, AZ until their 2011 move to Venice. Wayne spent his career in aviation retiring as a pilot from Northwest Airlines in 1991 after 32 years of service. He is survived by his daughters, Debbie (John) Luce of Venice, FL, Jeanne (Terry) Lewis of Lexington, KY, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Wayne & Winona had many friends and family spread across the country. A memorial service will be held July 19, 2014 at 11 am at Calvary Mennonite Church in Aurora, OR. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.
Published on March 23, 2014
From: RNPA News    Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:08 AM   Subject: RNPA News: Wayne Camp Obituary'

Attached is Dad's (Wayne L. Camp) obituary that will run in the Star &
Tribune this Sunday, March 23, 2014.  I believe there will be an online
guestbook for comments and memories which we will check.  Since both
Mom's & Dad's brothers & sisters are located in and around Portland, OR and the
grandkids and great grandkids have never met many of them, it was
decided to have the memorial service out there.  We know they had many friends
through the country but especially in the Twin Cities and their winter friends
in  AZ.

There will also be a separate one running in the Canby Herald on March
26, 2014 and I believe they too offer a guestbook for comments.

If you'd like to reach either Jeanne or myself we can be reached at the contact information below.

Debbie Luce (Camp - daughter), dkluce@gmail.com , 941-928-6577, 605 Armada Road South, Venice, FL  34285


Jeanne Lewis (Camp - daughter), worry4boyz@hotmail.com , 859-576-7057, 604 Dardanelles, KY  40503

Thanks for your thoughts,  prayers and correspondence over the last 2 years.


Debbie Luce


NWA Capt. Wayne L. Camp

November 12, 1931 ~ January 7, 2014

The family of RNPA member NWA Captain Wayne L. Camp has notified us of his passing on January 7th.  Captain Camp was 82 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Camp joined Northwest Airlines 01-27-1959, I believe as a mechanic then flight engineer, and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1991.  Captain Camp was widowed in March 2012 with the passing of his wife Winona.  He had most recently resided 

20348 Cavallo Ct.,  Venice  FL 34292-4648.

Should we receive more information as to arrangements we will be sure to update our BlogSpot. 

Thank you,
~ Carol

From: RNPA Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:43 PM
Wayne L. Camp Has Flown West
Debbie (Camp) Luce writes:
My father Wayne L. Camp, retired NWA pilot passed away January 7, 2014 at the age of 82 at his home in Venice, Florida.
The “RNPA News” comes through to his computer which I’m using to notify everyone and reach friends of his that aren’t necessarily known to me.
Debbie (Camp) Luce
Winona H. (Roth) Camp 
Camp, Winona H. (Roth) Age 79 of Savage, MN died March 28, 2012 in Venice, FL after a short bout with cancer. Beloved daughter of Rev. Paul N. & Velma Roth (both deceased) she grew up in Canby, Oregon and was happily married to Wayne L. Camp for 57 years. They spent most of their married life in the Burnsville/Savage area and their winters in Apache Junction, AZ until their 2011 move to Venice. Winona was a wonderful mother and homemaker; she also operated Floral Concepts in Cobblestone Court for 13 years. She is survived by husband, Wayne, daughters, Debbie (John) Luce, Jeanne (Terry) Lewis, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held May 24, 2012 at 11 am at Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave S, Burnsville, MN 55337. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MOMS at Faith Covenant Church or to a  charity of your choice . 
.Published in Star Tribune on May 20, 2012. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

NWA Capt. Gary E. Wolter

Gary Wolter

There will be a burial service for Gary Wolter at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, Minnesota at 3pm (1500),  Sunday April 27.  There will be a concurrent service for his brother Ric who passed away a few years ago.  Contact Bill Day if you need more information.

The cemetery address:
Lakeside Cemetery
900 N Fairlakes Ave
Fairmont, MN 56031

Bill Day

 Update/obituary and services for Captain Gary Wolter...
For more information please contact the family at dirty66h@yahoo 
Posted by  Mike Schoemer  (Editor) , January 16, 2014 at 03:35 PM

Longtime Northwest Airline Pilot Gary Wolter Dies
A St. Michael resident during his career, he had retired to Nevada.
Gary Earl Wolter, 75 died Dec. 23, 2013, in the company of his daughters.
Most recently a resident of southern Nevada (Fairmont, MN) Gary graduated from University of Iowa. He served in the Air Force and Air National Guard.  He was a Captain for Northwest Airlines for 32 years, retiring in 1998.
Gary is survived by his daughters Beverly (St. Michael) and Jennifer (Nevada), grandchildren Kloey, Kali, Kurtis and Roman, sister Jan (Bob) Bennett, brother Ken (Kathy) Wolter, brother Robert (Mae) Stubbs and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Earl Wolter and Evelyn Wildman, brother Ric and biological mother Ella Henderson Stubbs (Ellen Ricklick).
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11327 17th Place NE in St. Michael, MN.
Interment will be held on April 27, 2014 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, MN. For additional information on services please email the family.
From: carol Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 3:39 PM  Subject: passing of NWA Capt. Gary E. Wolter , age 75

NWA Capt. Gary Earl Wolter
April 27, 1938 ~ December 23, 2013
Word has been received with the passing of NWA Captain Gary E. Wolter.  Born/raised in Minnesota, Captain Wolter was 75 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Wolter joined Northwest Airlines 10-24-1966.  
There will be a memorial service in Minnesota...time/date yet to be determined.  Arrangements are under the direction of Palm Eastern Mortuary and Cemetery, 7600 S. Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123... 702-464-8500.
Should we receive additional information, we will be sure to post it on our BlogSpot. 
Thank you,
~ Carol

On Jan 7, 2014, at 6:09 PM, "William & Lynn Day " <wlday@comcast.net> wrote:

With profoundly deep regret, I must inform you that retired NWA/Delta pilot Gary Wolter has Flown West.  Gary passed away on December 23 after a prolonged illness.  There will be a memorial service in Minnesota.  His daughters are making arrangements and I will forward the details when they come available.
Bill Day

NWA Capt. Paul W. Carrel

NWA Capt. Paul W. Carrel
December 7, 1932 ~ January 2, 2014
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA Captain Paul Wayne Carrel, age 81.  Captain Carrel joined Northwest 12-01-1958 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1992.  He is survived by his wife Elena ‘Ellie’.  As noted on the funeral home website, services will be private.  Personal condolences may be sent to the Carrel family at  
3041 Sprucewood Lane,  Escondido  CA 92027-6723  ...  (760) 796-7714 
Should we receive additional information, we will be sure to post it on our BlogSpot. 
Thank you,
~ Carol

Margaret 'Peggy Mauldin, wife of NAL/PAA/DL Capt Bill Mauldin

Margaret (Peggy) Durham Mauldin
June 30, 1938 ~ January 11, 2014

Word has been received with news of the passing of Margaret (Peggy) Mauldin, wife of retired
NAL/PAA/DL Captain William D. ‘Bill’ Mauldin.  Mrs. Mauldin was 75 years of age at the time of her passing.  Services will be conducted Wednesday morning January 15th in Greensboro NC with visitation the evening prior.  Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

To view/sign the online guestbook and to view a beautiful family photo gallery, please visit the funeral home website at
Survived by her husband Captain Mauldin, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1010 Canonero Drive,  Greensboro  NC 27410-3804.
Thank you,
~ Carol
Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Durham Mauldin, 75, of Greensboro, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Beacon Place following a lengthy illness.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at Friendly Ave. Baptist Church by Dr. Patrick Cronin and Rev. Jack Morris. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Margaret was born June 30, 1938 in Guilford Co., the daughter of the late John Rich Durham and Margaret Weisner Durham.
Margaret was a member of Friendly Ave. Baptist Church where she was active in the choir, hospitality and the ladies ensemble. She was a member of the National Society of Decorative Artists, had received the CDA award and painted ornaments for the White House, the Smithsonian and the Blair House. Margaret was a graduate of Greensboro Senior High School, Class of 1956, and graduated City Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem as an RN.
Surviving in addition to her mother of Greensboro are her husband, William (Bill) Mauldin; daughter, Kendra Scalese and husband Tom of Greensboro, son, William (David) Mauldin, Jr. and wife Bethanne of Durham; brother, John (Buddy) Durham, Jr. and wife Virginia of Arlington, TX ; grandson, Benjamin David Mauldin.
Friends will be received Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel.
Memorials may be directed to: Friendly Ave. Baptist Church Building Fund, 4800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410.
Written and audio condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com 
Peg had a very tough day yesterday and finally passed away at a little after 1AM this Saturday morning. Kendra was by her side, as she has been taking the night shift while I have been doing days. Peg had one of us with her 24/7 since entering hospice. David took a shift when his schedule in Durham would allow.
We would like to thank everyone for the many cards and calls while Peg was at Beacon Place. This has been a long and very difficult experience for her as we all know. She was there for almost two months.
Cards may be sent to:  Bill Mauldin
1010 Canonero Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410-3804
Memorial donations for Peg Mauldin may be made to:   Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro,
2500 Summit Avenue,  Greensboro  NC 27405
Friendly Ave. Baptist Church Building Fund,
4800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410
Bill, Kendra and David wish to thank everyone for their thoughts, concerns, and prayers.
Peg will be greatly missed by all.

Monday, January 6, 2014

NWA Capt. Dennis C. Brannan

WC/RW/RC/NWA Capt. Dennis C. Brannan
October 6, 1939 ~ January 1, 2014

The family of Captain Dennis C. Brannan write us of his passing on New Years Day at the age of 74.  Captain Brannan began his commercial airline career 05-27-1968 and made the various mergers eventually retiring with Northwest Airlines.   Captain Brannan is 
survived by his daughters Alison and Jennifer as well as many other family and friends.  A Celebration of Life service for Dennis will be held on Thursday, January 9th, 2014, at  11:00AM at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home in Seattle WA. 

Captain Brannan had most recently resided at
1532 NW Blue Ridge Drive , Seattle  WA 98177-5419.

Dennis passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day, 2014.  He was born October 6th, 1939 in Yakima, Washington, where he graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1958.  Dennis was an avid athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball.  He graduated from the University of Washington where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.  In 1960 he married Anne Edinger.  He began his career as a teacher at Hamilton Junior High School in Seattle Washington. He then became an airline pilot for many years, beginning with West Coast Airlines, which then became Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines, and eventually he retired from Northwest Airlines.  Being a pilot was the love of his life, and his favorite airplane to fly was the DC-9. His other passions in life included golf, skiing, boating, fishing, traveling, gardening, antiques, and spending time with his beloved daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports, attending Jackson High School games, and he was a loyal Husky fan. Dennis was loved by all who knew him, and he was quite a character.  He will be dearly missed and he will be forever in our hearts.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lillian Brannan and by his sister, Nancy. He is survived by his daughters, Jenifer Brannan Kontyko (Marty) and Alison Brannan Coacher (Tom) and four grandchildren, Kaitlin and Molly Kontyko and Emily and Denny Coacher.
Services will be on January 9th at 11:00am at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle.
Please visit his guest book at www.Washelli.com/memorials  to share memories and stories. Or go to
All stories are welcome and encouraged. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

DL Capt. Gerald J. Rollins

DL Capt. Gerald J. ‘Jerry’ Rollins
November 30, 1936 ~ December 31, 2013

Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired DL Captain Gerald J. Rollins, husband of retired DL Flight Attendant Sandra Rollins.  Captain Rollins joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1967 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1996 as Ld. Line Ck. Airman based 030/ATL.
Sandra writes that a celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at a future date.  For more information you may contact the family by e-mail at  geraldjrollinsfamily@comcast.net 
Thank you,
~ Carol
Life Story:
Gerald J. Rollins, 77, of Panama City Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2013 with his family at his side.
Jerry was born on November 30, 1936 in Quanah, Texas, the beloved son of Mattie Lou Drummond and Clarence Jefferson Rollins. He graduated from Lamar College (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Jerry was a Marine aviator, serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps and attaining the rank of captain. He joined Delta Air Lines as an Atlanta-based pilot in 1967 and retired as an L-1011 TriStar captain on December 1, 1996. He also served as a Delta Pilots Mutual Aid trustee for several years. A highly skilled and accomplished pilot with a sharp sense of humor, Jerry never met a stranger and made friends in seemingly every station and role in the Delta family. He loved to read about a variety of topics and was a thinking man with tremendous technical and mechanical abilities. Widely known for his integrity and fairness, Jerry gave selflessly and generously of his time and resources to family, friends, and even strangers. He was a deeply responsible man who strived to make the world a better place for others at every opportunity. He was a gift to those who knew him and will be greatly missed by his family and wide circle of friends.
Jerry was a precious husband and wonderful father. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Sandra Swindle Rollins; his son, Gerald Judson Rollins of Seattle, Washington; his sister, Norma Palazzolo of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his mother-in-law, Virginia Wilkerson of Nashville, Georgia.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at a future date. For more information, please e-mail geraldjrollinsfamily@comcast.net
In lieu of flowers, Jerry’s family requests that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the Delta Flight Museum. More information is available at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorialgiving/memorial-giving or http://www.deltamuseum.org/about-us/support-the-museum.;

USAF (ret.) Major, NWA Capt. Wesley D. Schierman

From: William & Lynn Day   Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:59 PM
Subject: Wes Schierman airport honors

Monday, July 21, the City of Arlington, WA will dedicate their airport to recently deceased retired NWA pilot, and former POW, Wes Schierman. There will be a ceremony at the Airport Office at noon on Monday.  The city will present a gift to Faye Schierman and the family in memory of Wes. This is a high honor for Wes Schierman.  Wes was long active in the Arlington Airport general aviation community, especially with the RV aircraft builders and the Black Jack Squadron (a large organization of Van’s RV demonstration pilots).  There will be a missing man formation fly-over for Wes, followed by a reception at a hanger at the south end of the airport one row east of the runway. 

In case you are not familiar with Arlington Airport, it is the former USN Auxillary Station – Arlington. In recent years it has become a breeding ground for general aviation technology and known to some as Oshkosh West.  The airport is located about 4 miles east of I-5.  Leave I-5 at exit #206, travel east on WA 531 until reaching 59th Ave. NE.  Turn north on 59th Ave NE and look for signs for the airport office about midfield.

Contact Marty Foy for further details.

Well respected by his peers, a fellow colleagues writes ......... 
 “Wes Schierman stood head and shoulders above anyone I ever met during my airline career and I knew some fine men and women.  His fellow POWs have agreed that Wes was one of four outstanding leaders in the POW ranks. His family stayed together, his kids grew up strong and resourceful, and he kept his head on straight. Wes spent his post-NWA retirement years making things happen in aviation for others. The consummate facilitator”   
                                                   ........ WRD

Bill Day


RNPA Bill Day Writes: 

The family of Wes Schierman has changed the date of his memorial service.   Wes’s daughter Stacy writes that, “…..we just confirmed this morning that the memorial service for my father will be held at the:  Museum of Flight in Seattle on January 26, 2014.  We are planning for noon however, we will confirm this later today.

Please  note this change. 
Bill Day
USAF (ret.) Major, NWA Capt. Wesley D. Schierman
July 21, 1935 ~ January 4, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of retired NWA Captain and RNPA member Major Wesley D. Schierman.  Born/raised in Washington state, Captain Schierman was 78 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Schierman joined Northwest Airlines 08-12-1959 and retired at the mandatory age 60.  
Survived by his wife Faye personal condolences may be sent to the Schierman family at
3912 114th St SE , Everett  WA 98208-7767  ...  425-338-5534
Arrangements are pending and will be advised when known.
You can read more of Major Schierman’s distinguished military career at http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=50  , also at http://67tfs.org/ 
Rank, Service :  Major O-4,  U.S. Air Force
Veteran of  : Washington Air National Guard 1953-1954
U.S. Air Force 1954-1956
Washington Air National Guard 1956-1962
U.S. Air Force 1962-1973
Washington Air National Guard 1973-1974
Cold War 1953-1974
Vietnam War 1965-1973 (POW)
Thank you,
~ Carol 
From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2014 6:22 AM
Subject: Wes Schierman Has Flown West.

The following was received at 1418 PST/ 1/04/2013 from Marty Foy, a close friend of Wes Schierman.

 “Sorry to report Wes Schierman passed away this morning from lung cancer.


Wes passed away Saturday morning, January 4, 2014.  At this time I have no further information.  This is heartbreaking news for us all.  

Bill Day

Saturday, January 4, 2014

PNA/WA Capt. Frank B. Hansen

Frank Hansen           

1926 - 2013 | Obituary

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      Frank Hansen, longtime commercial airline pilot and the first mayor of the City of SeaTac, died of cancer at his home on Dec. 21, 2013. He was 87. 

Frank was born on Nov. 18, 1926 in Spokane, Wash., the fifth of six children. His mother, Vesta Alexander, was the descendant of Spokane homesteaders. His father, Bernard, immigrated to the U.S. from Norway and was an early barnstormer pilot. Frank graduated from North Central High School and learned to fly at Felts Field in Spokane, soloing on June 27, 1944. He headed to Anchorage to take his first commercial flying job for famed Alaska bush pilot Bob Reeve and Reeve Aleutian Airlines.  

Frank's aviation career spanned 50 years, five airlines, numerous aircraft and more than 25,000 hours of scheduled flying.  

In 1950, Frank - nicknamed "Red" for his vibrant red hair - joined Pacific Northern Airlines, where he became chief pilot and flew DC-3's, DC-4's and the Lockheed Constellation.  

When PNA merged with Western Airlines (The Only Way to Fly) in 1967, Frank made the transition from propellers to jets. During his tenure at Western, Frank flew the B-720B, B-727 and DC-10. He was active in joint ALPA/Western Airlines legislative affairs, particularly surrounding the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. He retired as a senior captain for Western in 1986.  

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Frank the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2007. The award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 years or more. 

In 1989, Frank began a new career in politics. He served a total of 16 years on the City of SeaTac City Council, including three terms as mayor.  

Among his accomplishments, he was instrumental in obtaining approval for the third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; securing funding for the State Route 509 expansion project; moving City Hall to its current location on South 188th Street; and working with the Port of Seattle to extend Seattle's light rail service directly to SeaTac.  

Frank enjoyed, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., to be involved in the "passion and action of his time."  

Frank had his very own brand of charm. He was open and unpretentious, gregarious and funny, intelligent and warm. Frank couldn't go anywhere - whether it was Costco or an international airport - without running into someone he knew. He was a wonderful storyteller, drawing on a lifetime's worth of colorful material. Frank derived great pleasure from his family, spending time in Maui, reciting the poetry of Robert W. Service, and grilling flank steak and salmon on his barbeque overlooking Angle Lake.  

Frank is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter Amelia (Paolo Vescia); son F. Bennett Hansen (LeAnne); granddaughters Madeleine and Natalie Vescia; brothers Harold and Victor Hansen; stepdaughter Lisa Edwards (William); and stepson Michael Burton (Lori). Frank was blessed to have innumerable friends, supporters and fans; many considered him a father figure. 

A celebration of Frank's life will be held at The Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S. in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Hansen family suggests making a donation in Frank's name to The Museum of Flight, where he served on the board of trustees. www.museumofflight.org/give-a-tribute-gift 
.Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 5, 2014

PNA/WAL Capt. Frank Bennett Hansen
November 18, 1926 ~ December 21, 2013

 Word has been received with the passing of PNA/WAL pilot Captain Frank Bennett 'Boomer' Hansen, age 87.
Born/raised in the Spokane WA area, Frank was one of six children born to parents Bernhard Martinius ‘Ben’ Hansen  and Vesta Eliza nee’ Alexander Hansen.   He joined Pacific Northern Airlines 05-26-1951 and retired with Western Airlines at the mandatory age 60 in 1986, based SEA.
Frank graduated from North Central High School and learned to fly at Felts Field, where his grandfather Elmer Alexander had homesteaded in the late 1800s.  Capt. Frank Hansen soloed in 1944, and joined PNA in 1951.  Brother Victor is also a commercial pilot.  Frank and Victor’s father Ben was also a pilot and an accomplished early aviator.
Survived by his wife Janet personal condolences may be sent to the Hansen family at 
   3329 S. 194th St.,  Seatac  WA 98188-5354  ...  (206) 878-3200
The family writes that a Celebration of Captain Hansen’s life will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the The Museum of Flight in Seattle at 1 PM.  http://www.museumofflight.org/  
Thank you,
~ Carol 
from the Jul 20 – Jul 26, 2000 issue 
Best of SeaTac   ...  City Life
Frank Hansen, SeaTac's first mayor, is still considered our best. Hansen has won Best Mayor for as long as SeaTacians have been sending in Best of SeaTac ballots. Hansen, a retired airline pilot, compares early SeaTac politics to the Wild West. Anybody could get things done in that free-for-all environment, he says, given enough git-up-an'-go. And get things done Hansen did. Now 73, Hansen says his campaign message against prostitution and drugs played well among besieged SeaTacians. Funny thing is, Hansen almost got caught in his own net. He recalls that while SeaTac was doing battle with the hooking trade, "I [once] saw this pretty good-looking girl in a miniskirt, and I don't know why, but that old Honda of mine just kinda slowed down. Then I recognized her as one of our undercover police officers. I just waved at her and took off. Well, I saw that same officer the next day. [She told me], 'Mr. Mayor, I'm glad you didn't stop, because KING 5 was filming me across the street.'"

     The Alexander Eaglerock was one of a number of airplanes built for civilian use to replace the dwindling supplies of World War I surplus craft. Winging away from the Denver-based Alexander Aircraft Corporation at "mile-high" altitudes, equipped with a Curtiss OX-5, 90 horsepower engine, the Eaglerock cruised at heights and speeds that many old and weary warplanes couldn't reach anymore.
     In 1925, the first Eaglerock bristled with new innovations such as a tail wheel and wings that folded back for storage. When buyers didn't seem ready for such "modern" gimmicks, a more conventional plane appeared in early 1926. The Eaglerock is considered one of the first significant certificated aircraft, with ATC (Approved Type Certificate) #7 assigned to the "Combo-wing" and ATC #8 to the "Long-wing" version April 27, 1927.
      Frank and Victor Hansen purchased this Eaglerock in 1977. "It was an almost hopeless basket case," Victor says. "We probably wouldn't have restored the plane if it hadn't been for Dad." Their father owned an Eaglerock in the 1920s. He barnstormed with the plane until a crash left it in tatters. "He had no money during the Great Depression," former mayor of the city of Seatac, Frank Hansen relates, "So even though he loved the plane, he couldn't fix it." The Hansens, with Bill Duncan, restored this Eaglerock in their father's honor.
Dec. 18, 2013
This from Amy Hansen, Frank Hansen's daughter .............
........ thanks to everyone for their good wishes and concern. It's wonderful that after all these years, my dad still has so many friends and supporters. As you may know, he has advanced stomach cancer, which has metastasized to other organs. Given his age and the extent of the cancer, his oncologist advised that there is no good treatment available. They started hospice at the house last week.
Frank and his wife Janet are dealing with this new reality in stride. He sleeps a lot and doesn't have much energy for visits and phone calls, unfortunately. He does enjoy receiving cards and old pictures from friends, so if anyone would like to send him mail the address is:
3329 S. 194th
SeaTac, WA 98188